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Welcome to Compassion Cafe
July 25th | 10:30am

Our youth group has put together a creative space for worship and we hope you feel God's presence as we gather together! Some of us will be in-person at the Wilshire campus, others will be Zooming in. We trust that Holy Spirit will unite us as one Body of Christ. 

Worship Components 

Call to Worship/Prayer + Blackout Poetry with Psalm 139

+ Print out the Psalm or save the text to a document on your computer. Using a black marker, first read through the text and circle or box words and phrases that speak to you, words that give you hope, phrases that whisper good news, things that you latch onto.

+ Next, begin to black out/strike through words and phrases that do not speak to you, words that confuse you or rub you the wrong way, phrases that don’t sit right with you at this particular moment.

+ Alternatively, you might form your poem first – linking words into a phrase or sentence that creates meaning, and then blacking out the rest of the reading. 

+ Get creative! Rather than simply blacking everything out, create a design around the words, forming images or patterns.

Psalm 139 - The Inescapable God

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

    you discern my thoughts from far away.

3 You search out my path and my lying down,

    and are acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before a word is on my tongue,

    O Lord, you know it completely.

5 You hem me in, behind and before,

    and lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

    it is so high that I cannot attain it.

7 Where can I go from your spirit?

    Or where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there;

    if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.

9 If I take the wings of the morning

    and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,

10 even there your hand shall lead me,

    and your right hand shall hold me fast.

Prayer of Confession

Write down what you want to confess to God, and then put that paper through a paper shredder, or (safely!) light it on fire and be assured that God forgives you.

Scripture Readings

Galatians 5:22-23 (New Revised Standard Version)

The Fruit of the Spirit

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. 

Luke 6:27-31 (New Revised Standard Version)

Love for Enemies

27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

James 1:19 (New Revised Standard Version)

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.

The Word Proclaimed

Crystal is going to help us better understand God's love, by reading the book What is God Like? By Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner. 

Jacob will lead us in a demonstration on how God is in control, and reminds us to recognize what is in our control. 

Communion

 

Find something to eat and something to drink so you can join us at the Table! 

Prayer and Praise

Let us lift our prayers unto God - Lord, hear our prayer.

Service as Worship

Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies! We'll close out time today by packing backpacks and writing encouraging notes to foster families. 

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